Development in D'Iberville is booming. For the last year, commercial businesses and retailers are popping up around the city. With a new casino on the way, what's next for the shopping mecca?
D'Iberville's City Manager, Bobby Eleuterius, says development now heads toward the water. It has been one year since Eleuterius took office. Tuesday, he gave a state of the city address, highlighting the city's commercial growth since his arrival and what's next. Eleuterius says, "I've earned a respect for city government, because as a supervisor, a lot of things were delegated out and we had a county manager that took care of day to day operations, and here it all comes to my desk."
Eleuterius is proud to have closed more than nine development projects this year, and says his biggest accomplishment is landing the Scarlet Pearl Casino, which began construction early this week. Jeff Taylor, the Director of Planning and Zoning for D’Iberville, says, "It’s been a long time coming and I've worked since day one, and it was always next year, always next year, so now that it’s here, that should do a lot for our downtown."
Eleuterius hopes that the Scarlet Pearl project or the city will be able to buy out Gollott's Seafood to make room for a brand new harbor. Eleuterius also says, "What we would like to do is have a commercial harbor as well as maybe a place for our shrimp boats that are left, a shrimping fleet like they do in Baltimore. The Baltimore harbor has this type of construction, where they have people bring in their pleasure boats as well as people with work boats, and it can be a festive marketplace where people can go buy seafood right there."
News 25 reached out to Gollott's Seafood for a response, but they wished not to comment. Eleuterius' address also stated plans to bring residential condos into the downtown area and along the water. Taylor added the city is developing a nature park along the Tchoutacabouffa River. The park will likely cater towards kayakers.